WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
fa•cil•i•ty /fəˈsɪlɪti/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ties. 
    • Often,  facilities. [countable] something designed, built, or installed to provide a specific convenience or service:A new research facility.
    • Usually,  facilities. [countable] something that permits the easier performance of an action, course of conduct, etc.:We chose that hotel because of its facilities for conferences.
  1. readiness or ease due to skill, aptitude, or practice;
    dexterity:[uncountable]Mozart composed music with great facility.
  2. Informal TermsUsually,  facilities. [plural] a rest room:There are no facilities on this highway.
  3. lack of difficulty;
    ease:[uncountable]Modern stoves can be used with greater facility than the old, wood-burning types.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
fa•cil•i•ty  (fə sili tē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. Often,  facilities. 
    • something designed, built, installed, etc., to serve a specific function affording a convenience or service:transportation facilities;educational facilities;a new research facility.
    • something that permits the easier performance of an action, course of conduct, etc.:to provide someone with every facility for accomplishing a task; to lack facilities for handling bulk mail.
  2. readiness or ease due to skill, aptitude, or practice;
    dexterity:to compose with great facility.
  3. ready compliance:Her facility in organizing and directing made her an excellent supervisor.
  4. an easy-flowing manner:facility of style.
  5. the quality of being easily or conveniently done or performed.
  6. Informal TermsOften,  facilities. a rest room, esp. one for use by the public, as in a theater or restaurant.
  7. freedom from difficulty, controversy, misunderstanding, etc.:facility of understanding.
  • Latin facilitās. See facile, -ity
  • Middle French)
  • late Middle English facilite ( 1375–1425

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

facility /fəˈsɪlɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
  1. ease of action or performance; freedom from difficulty
  2. ready skill or ease deriving from practice or familiarity
  3. (often plural) the means or equipment facilitating the performance of an action
  4. rare easy-going disposition
  5. (usually plural)
    a euphemistic word for lavatory
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin facilitās, from facilis easy; see facile

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